Play 90 second soundbite of 'That's The Price I Choose' @ 'CD quality'
With spatterings of subtle prog-rock elements and other genre defying nuances, The Crucible go it alone and with genuine commitment they manage to pretty much pull it off. Grinding guitars feature heavily throughout this surprising EP; unexpected free-form sounding and nicely different. Thumpin' percussion accentuates rather than just bolsters the chunky front-line. By 'playing' with voices The Crucible pull in a whole new feel. Nothing seems normal and nothing seems to be cast in concrete as The Crucible set new guidelines for what should be acceptable. Their music has a flexibility that also defies modern trends. The Crucible aren't afraid of torturous tempo change or staccato arrangements - they fly by the proverbial seat of their pants and somehow they get away with it! I admire their fortitude and penchant for coming up with surprises. Nothing appears to be sacred when it comes to Crucible time. And, that whole, call it experimentation, thing is what makes this three-piece from East London stand out from the crowd.
The Crucible won't be to everyone's liking - they'll probably offend more people than they'll please. But, with so many conformist type bands out there at least The Crucible are trying to change things, make musical statements, rip apart staid composition. Good on 'em I say! Bring back musical experimentation and freedom of composition.
'That's The Price I Choose' from The Crucible isn't easy listening by any stretch of the imagination. I'm guessing that's exactly what The Crucible are aiming for - something to challenge and change! Can't see this actually being a massive seller but I can see it earning The Crucible some decent Brownie points!